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For several days, AT&T was offering free WiFi to anyone with a Safari browser and a little common sense. But it seems the company has put a stop to such generosity. On Wednesday, reported that AT&T's WiFi hotspot service - which just hit 7,000 Starbucks coffee shops across the US - was coughing up free access to …


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  1. TranceMist

    Mouse Trap

    The goal of man is to build a better mouse trap.

    The goal of nature is to build better mice.

  2. Sampler

    Man in the middle

    So not someone spoofing the Starbucks wifi and gathering a great deal of dumb people numbers to sell to a telemarketer?

    I'd wager a list of people dumb enough to buy an iPhone and pay that much for brown and water would be worth a bit as they'd be pretty much anyones "target audience" :D

  3. tim
    IT Angle

    but where's the

    angle? >>snerk<< well, there you have it. starbucks+ianything is pretty much a targeted demographic. hey... remember copla years ago when some turkish sheep fell off a cliff and some godawfully huge number of other sheep followed them [ reported in el reg, natch]? yep. it's like that.

  4. Christian Berger


    Doesn't it cost more to restrict access to certain users then simply to give everybody free access.

    I mean a hotspot doesn't generate more costs when it's in use, still you should pay for it. On the other side, toilets costs substancial costs when in use, yet in many places they are freely usable.

  5. Anonymous Coward


    Good to see the self-righteous sneering is in full swing already.

    Do they have anything similar to the 1990 Computer Misuse Act over there?

  6. Graham Wood

    @Christian Berger

    Can't comment on that side of the pond, but here there's a lot of charging based on data flow - so more people using it does cost you more.

    Also, if you make it free, you'll get a lot more people using it - making the connection a lot slower for your paying customers...

    However, I'd agree with you that the costs associated with locking it down probably do exceed the revenue... Especially since there are so many ways to get around it if you know what you're doing.

  7. heystoopid
    Paris Hilton


    Peter Principle adherent : Well , it seemed liked a good idea at the time !

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Jobs Horns

    Not worth it

    If you have to use Safari...

    Even having to spoof the User-Agent is bad enough....

    Anon due to flamebait

  9. Anonymous Coward

    WARNING! Logic free zone!

    @Christian Berger

    'Also, if you make it free, you'll get a lot more people using it - making the connection a lot slower for your paying customers...'

    Shall we examine that assertion with logic enabled?

    'Also, if you MAKE IT FREE, you'll get a lot more people using it - making the connection a lot slower for YOUR PAYING CUSTOMERS...'

    WHAT paying customers? You just made it FREE! If it's FREE, by definition there are NO paying customers - there may have been, once upon a time, but YOU just made it FREE! Remember?

    Hah! You throw user manuals together for a living, don't you? :-)

  10. Phil Standen
    Paris Hilton

    @ Logic Free Zone

    The ones buying coffee, rather then sitting on the bench outside I would have thought.

    You star in widely distributed hotel promotional videos for a living?

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